Raiders fall in close game to Dolphins

Navarre’s flag football team came out on fire but cooled off late in a 13-12 loss to county rival Gulf Breeze on the road Wednesday night.

The Raiders scored two touchdowns early before going silent for the remainder of the game.

Hailey Smith picked off a pass and rumbled 20 yards to the end zone, giving Navarre an early lead.

Gulf Breeze freshman running back Savannah Jacobi slithered in from three yards out to knot the score, but the Dolphins converted the one-point conversion attempt with a reception in the back of the end zone for a 7-6 lead.

The Raiders soon responded with a 65-yard scoring drive.

Smith, who also plays center on offense, was sure-handed as a second option on pass plays. Quarterback Keona Ennis’ first look was to the wideouts before scanning for open receivers.

Smith ended up being that relief valve in the middle of the field, grabbing several short passes to move the ball.

“I had no one to block,” she said, which allowed her to move down field as a receiver.

“She’d raise her arms. She was just open,” Ennis said.

The senior quarterback capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown, dipping just inside the pylon for a 12-7 lead with 7:28 left in the second quarter.

Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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